The latest album from Perturbator (AKA James Kent), I Am the Night, is as dramatic as the title would imply. While under many circumstances, I might go to my sarcastic place with a producer who tosses around this much drama; however, I ended up truly liking the disc, and Perturbator (defined as someone who agitates).
The album description reads like the opening to a sci-fi movie; “This is the story of someone who has nothing left to lose, wandering in the hostile neon-soaked dirty streets of a city from the future, armed and dangerous. This is your story.
No one really knows what kind of danger you will encounter during this journey into madness. You know you're not alone, but you are ready. You are the night. Now, lights off." Considering that one of Kent’s loves is old sci-fi flicks, this isn’t too much of a stretch.
Kent originally hails from London, but now makes his way through the streets of Paris. In addition to his Perturbator project, Kent plays guitar in the Paris based band, I the Omniscient.
The disc is 80’s style electronica. Chock full of samples, funky synths, and a solid weight to the bass, but nothing overbearing. Kent declares Vangelis (composer for "Chariots of Fire" and "Blade Runner") as one of his influences, and it's a fair comparison. He does 80’s well, and it’s a bangin’ listen. Check it out!